Solfeggio lessons for piano

How we learn and why we teach solfeggio ?


Music is like a foreign language; it must liven up your keyboard as you play. It offers you the possibility to express your emotions whilst playing the notes and rhythm of the piece played. The score acts as a medium between the composer and the interpreter. It’s in this writing that you can find the musical symbols. But to learn this universal language, you need lessons in sight-reading, which can cause panic for some. Taking lessons in solfeggio, if you are an adult beginner, is similar to learning a foreign language when preparing for a trip. You are not at school in lessons that may never benefit you, but rather in an apprenticeship that will reap immediate benefits.  However..

Firstly, it is useful to understand that, to play the piano, you do not need to learn everything about music theory. The indispensable parts are reading the notes and the rhythmic notation. Reading the notes is a recurring theme of our beginner’s course. It is a relatively easy exercise, that will demand your utmost patience and diligence. Rhythm will be learned much later and in a smaller portion. Classical piano presents one main difficulty when it comes to deciphering a score.  We do not learn improvisation because it is mainly of interest to jazz pianists. Similarly, we will not learn to sing the notes, or sing whilst tapping to the beat, etc... All that interests us are the notes, the keyboard, and mainly how quickly you can read musical scores in order to reproduce it quickly (very quickly) on the keyboard. Thus you will  only learn the solfeggio adapted to the piano. So, no panic..

Secondly, and very importantly for piano students, is repetition. Piano requires you to have a great number of automatic reflexes; where exercises should be practiced several times. Concerning sight-reading, the exercises will each have a difficulty with increasing speeds. It is necessary to build up to a given speed in order to progress on to the next exercise, which takes time. Reading notes at faster speeds will allow you to tackle far more complex scores. So even if these lessons seem a bit tedious at the beginning, you will see the advantages in the coming months with regard to your mastery of the scores and keyboard. After a few months, the concepts of reading the score will become familiar to you thanks to the lessons in the reading of notes. It is important to stay diligent, motivated and the difficulties at the beginning will transform into the pleasures of deciphering and playing beautiful classical piano pieces.

We propose several number of teaching tools to help you in solfeggio learning. Firstly, we teach classical piano lessons, so whatever the lesson or topic you will study it is always based on solfeggio and note understanding. Then, we dedicated first 17 lessons mostly scores understanding, so you will find in these lessons a lot of sight reading. To help you more and to go beyond what is proposed in piano teaching we conceived unique piano applications Solf'APPLY and Solf'MEMO they will help you to deal will solfeggio, learn it in interactive mode and pass tests. To now more about our teaching applications for piano: click here.  And we also propose you only solfeggio subscription, it is less expensive and allow you to start without spending large amounts of money ( 17 first lessons + applications acces).

Of course, these solfeggio lessons must be accompanied by practice in your own time with keyboard exercises and  pieces of music. When this is done, you will have remarkable keyboard skills, flexibility and agility in the fingers. Reading the notes will help you by increasing your reading speed, which will allow you to decipher pieces faster and work on the dynamics, which over time will become more personal.

In many countries, solfeggio is taught at secondary school, but unfortunately music is still deemed as a hobby and it is rare for a child to develop his or her maximum musical potential. In most cities and villages there are music courses where children who want to learn an instrument go. These lessons all include music theory. Similarly, to enter an academy (conservatoire), they would typically ask for a minimum of 2 years studying music theory. However, for the very young children (5 - 8 years), teaching music theory will be very different to how an adult will be taught, however a driven child or teenager can learn music theory for the piano with our online video course. At first it will most likely be necessary to accompany them with these video lessons. Nevertheless, one important advantage to remember is that there is no need to travel and you can advance through the piano lessons at your family’s own pace.